Category Archives: British history

“Bell, Book, and Candle” and Excommunication During the Georgian Era

In the Roman Catholic church, “bell, book, and candle” came to be synonymous with “major excommunication,” or “anathema.” The phrase dates back to the 9th Century and has symbolic meaning. The “bell” came to mean the public character of the … Continue reading

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People of Colour in Jane Austen’s Time, a Guest Post from Catherine Bilson

This post originally appeared on the Austen Authors’ Blog on 18 July 2019. Enjoy!  [Last week], Twitter blew up when some more casting for the Bridgerton series was announced and – shock, horror! – not all of the actors were … Continue reading

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The Home Office, a Government Agency During the Georgian Era

I often have the heroes of my Regency romances be associated with the Home Office. Each of the seven men in my “Realm” series served the Home Office, with Sir Carter Lowery, eventually, assuming one of the leadership roles in … Continue reading

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A Fight for Inheritance: James Innes-Ker, 5th Duke of Roxburghe and “Lady Chandler’s Sister”

One of the minor characters in my 2019release, Lady Chandler’s Sister, was inspired by James Innes-Ker, 5th Duke of Roxburghe, whose tale I came across when doing research on a piece on primogeniture and inheritance laws. At the time, I … Continue reading

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Jane Austen and the Lottery Craze, a Guest Post from Nancy Lawrence

This post originally appeared on Austen Authors on 20 July 2019. Enjoy!  In her unfinished novel Sanditon, Jane Austen introduced the character of Mr. Parker by describing his love for the sea-side town of Sanditon in this manner: Sanditon was … Continue reading

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Regency Customs: I Won’t Dance, Don’t Ask Me ~ Using “Dance” As a Plot Device In Jane Austen’s Novels

“To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.” (Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 3) During Austen’s time, young people looked for a potential mate at dances. Austen, herself, enjoyed a good dance, and, therefore, she often … Continue reading

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Breaking an Engagement During the Regency + an Excerpt from MR. DARCY’S BRIDEs

A popular plot in Regency era romances is the broken engagement, but what was the truth of the situation? Unless the gentleman involved suddenly uncovered a flaw in the morals of his lady, once a man proposed to a woman, … Continue reading

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